Dictionary of People and Places in Hardy’S Works
Abbot’s Cernel. Cerne Abbas, seven miles north of Dorchester. On Giant’s Hill, just outside this ancient town, there is an enormous figure of a giant, of unknown origin, cut into the chalk, with a club 120 feet long. Of the Benedictine Abbey all that remains is the gatehouse, with a beautiful two-storeyed oriel window. The tithe-born is in an excellent state of preservation; one half of it nowforms a large farmhouse. See plates facing pp. 110, 335.